Are You Being Investigated Or Questioned By The Police?
No one who learns that he or she is being investigated by police or federal authorities should wait for an arrest to consult a qualified lawyer. The outcome of your case could well turn on the decisions you make while under investigation. After an arrest, it is equally critical to work closely with an attorney with in-depth knowledge of bail and bond proceedings.
If you are the “target” of a criminal investigation or someone that the police suspect of involvement in criminal activity, you should retain counsel immediately. Critical decisions often have to be made in these early stages, such as whether to give a statement to the police, how to respond to a subpoena, or what to do if there is a warrant for your arrest.
It is important to know that you are never legally required to speak to the police, and that, in fact, you have a constitutional right not to do so. However, in some circumstances, it may be in your best interest to be cooperative. Attorney Mark Langston, an advocate widely respected for his knowledge of these and other complex matters of criminal law, can help you decide the best course of action.
Bail And Bond Proceedings
After arrest, a person is taken into custody and kept there until bail is posted. A defendant in Colorado has an absolute right to bail in all cases except for capital offenses and certain preventive detention cases. Bail means the amount of money or other security set by the court that must be posted with the court for the release of a person in custody.
The purpose of bail is to ensure that the person appears in court and complies with other conditions set by the court as a condition of release. Bond conditions might already be set if the arrest was effected by an arrest warrant. If the accused was arrested without a warrant, bond will typically be set at the first appearance or the advisement. The arresting officer can also exercise his or her discretion and release the person by issuing a summons requiring the person to appear in court on a future date.
The court setting bail may require that it be posted by either a secured bond or an unsecured bond. A secured bond may be posted by depositing cash with the court, or by depositing certain approved securities or real estate with the court, or through the use of a professional bonding agent — commonly called a bail bondsman — who has been approved by the State of Colorado to post bonds on behalf of persons accused of crimes. An unsecured bond is merely a promise by the defendant to appear in court — a personal recognizance bond — or a promise by both the defendant and some other party that the defendant will appear in court — a co-signed personal recognizance bond.
In addition to requiring money to secure your release from jail, the court may also impose various conditions, including no-contact orders, abstinence from alcohol/drugs, substance-use testing, mental health evaluations, and prohibitions against possession of weapons.
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The purpose of bail is to ensure the defendant’s future appearances in court and not to punish a defendant before he or she has been convicted. This purpose should be met by means that impose the least possible hardship upon the accused. Attorney Mark Langston helps his clients obtain pretrial release on reasonable bail.
For prompt attention to your concerns and needs, call or email us now at The Law Office of Mark T. Langston, P.C., in Boulder.